Author Topic: Grammar that makes you cringe  (Read 453523 times)

hellymedic

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5725 on: August 09, 2020, 02:20:29 pm »
 ;D
I think I posted a similar mixed metaphor in the past...

Tim Hall

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5726 on: August 26, 2020, 01:27:48 pm »
Not cringe inducing, more of a gentle titter:

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the meetings have been simply a tick boxing exercise

Lifted from some local paper or other.
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"overhaul" it, or you can ride it.  (Jerome K Jerome)

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5727 on: August 26, 2020, 04:25:16 pm »
"Tick boxing" ?

In a gentler world it should be possible to charge people to watch that. 
Rust never sleeps

hellymedic

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5728 on: August 27, 2020, 12:21:32 am »
"Tick boxing" ?

In a gentler world it should be possible to charge people to watch that.

Spectator sport for a flea market...

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5729 on: August 27, 2020, 07:13:42 am »
Nike footwear packaging.

T42

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5730 on: August 27, 2020, 09:11:27 am »
Graun-again grammar: "Series of animal mutilations mystify police".  Making the verb agree with the noun closest to it instead of the real subject of the sentence seems to be a new epidemic.

And I hope they mutilate the bastards who are attacking people's horses. One thought is that it's an internet challenge. :sick:
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

citoyen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5731 on: August 27, 2020, 10:07:01 am »
Making the verb agree with the noun closest to it instead of the real subject of the sentence seems to be a new epidemic.

It's something I come across in my work often. My colleague, a very experienced sub editor, seems entirely oblivious to it. It's infuriating.

That said, I will occasionally commit this offence deliberately - sometimes it just reads better that way.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

hellymedic

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5732 on: August 27, 2020, 03:50:56 pm »

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5733 on: August 27, 2020, 05:06:20 pm »
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The job architecture refresh is actually one of the most important pieces of work that reflects this.
Doesn't sound any more correct than
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The job architecture refresh is actually one of the most important pieces of work that reflect this.
In fact, I think it might be less correct, as the subject of "reflect" would seem to be "the most important pieces of work" rather than "the job architecture". TBH, the only way I can sort it out in my mind is to translate it into FOREIGN.  :-\ But again, it doesn't sound less correct.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5734 on: August 28, 2020, 09:33:30 am »
When you compare two things, taking into account changed circumstances, such as financial results before and after a merger, that would be on a "like for like basis", not "I like the light basis". Galoot!

Moreover, that abbreviation you've liberally splattered throughout the document should be FY20 for financial year 2020, not FYI20. Duffer!
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

citoyen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5735 on: August 28, 2020, 09:49:11 am »
"I like the light basis"

I'd love to know how they parse that into anything that makes even the vaguest sense.

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FYI20

That is priceless. Up there with tick boxing.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

T42

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5736 on: August 28, 2020, 10:14:13 am »
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The job architecture refresh is actually one of the most important pieces of work that reflects this.
Doesn't sound any more correct than
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The job architecture refresh is actually one of the most important pieces of work that reflect this.
In fact, I think it might be less correct, as the subject of "reflect" would seem to be "the most important pieces of work" rather than "the job architecture". TBH, the only way I can sort it out in my mind is to translate it into FOREIGN.  :-\ But again, it doesn't sound less correct.

You can split the sentence up two ways:

The job architecture refresh is actually one of the most important [pieces of work] that reflects this.

The job architecture refresh is actually one of the most important [pieces of work that reflect] this.

All in all, I think the second version is easier on the syntax checker.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5737 on: August 29, 2020, 08:44:05 am »
The compartment that slides in and out, that you keep stuff in, is called a drawer. A DRAWER.
L'enfer, c'est les autos.

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5738 on: August 29, 2020, 10:35:52 am »
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The job architecture refresh
Why the jargon ? Just call it a toilet flush like everyone else.

Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5739 on: August 29, 2020, 12:10:04 pm »
"I like the light basis"

I'd love to know how they parse that into anything that makes even the vaguest sense.
I don't think they tried or cared.
Days become simply the spaces between dreams, spaces between the shifting floors of time...

T42

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5740 on: August 29, 2020, 01:34:03 pm »
"I like the light basis"

I'd love to know how they parse that into anything that makes even the vaguest sense.
I don't think they tried or cared.

For many folk, I'm afraid, parsing is just a word that rhymes with what they do all the time.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5741 on: September 02, 2020, 06:43:24 am »
I'm not sure that this is quite the right place but...


I thought that whoever came up with the headline for this article was having a bit of a grammatical dig: https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/no-wonder-drugs-in-remco-evenepoels-pocket-says-boonen/

Giraffe

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5742 on: September 02, 2020, 02:41:11 pm »
Relative mismatch: sign on an outdoor shop: Walk      Camping       Climb
Sometimes camp is better.
2x4: thick plank; 4x4: 2 of 'em.

citoyen

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5743 on: September 14, 2020, 04:54:27 pm »
Just what do you say when The Client tells you "the u looks odd"? Actually, I think you'll find it looks "odd" because it's not a u, it's a µ, as in µg, the widely recognised abbreviation for micrograms.

You might think that The Client, being a retailer of nutritional supplements, would be familiar with this, but in fact they list the dosage as 50ug on their own website (even though it is correctly marked µg on the label).

Telling The Client they're an idiot would not be politically expedient.
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5744 on: September 14, 2020, 05:09:18 pm »
Just what do you say when The Client tells you "the u looks odd"?

"Yes, it's all Greek to me too..."?

citoyen

  • Occasionally rides a bike
Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5745 on: September 14, 2020, 05:10:59 pm »
"Yes, it's all Greek to me too..."?

Very good!  ;D

Almost tempted to try that line on them....
"The future's all yours, you lousy bicycles."

T42

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5746 on: September 14, 2020, 05:12:36 pm »
They're selling to cavemenpersons?
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

hellymedic

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5747 on: September 14, 2020, 11:05:07 pm »
Caveperchildren please!

T42

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5748 on: September 15, 2020, 08:26:37 am »
The way education is going it'll be caveperchilds before long.
I've dusted all those old bottles and set them up straight.

quixoticgeek

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5749 on: September 16, 2020, 11:00:24 pm »


The video in this tweet poses an interesting question. Does anyone know the answer?

https://twitter.com/ArmyJew/status/1306336734008037379

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